Definition of supple in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəpəl/

adjective (suppler, supplest)

1Bending and moving easily and gracefully; flexible: her supple fingers figurative my mind is becoming more supple
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  • As if love were in his fingertips, he guides her in pirouettes and protects her supple back from bending too far.
  • Much credit must be given to Iago's diabolical prowess which enables him to bend and twist the supple minds of his friends and spouse.
  • Her graceful limbs were supple and filled with strength - she reminded him of an African gazelle.
lithe, limber, lissome, willowy, flexible, loose-limbed, agile, acrobatic, nimble, double-jointed
pliant, pliable, flexible, soft, bendable, workable, malleable, stretchy, elastic, springy, yielding, rubbery
1.1Not stiff or hard; easily manipulated: this body oil leaves your skin feeling deliciously supple
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  • Fullers were responsible for working raw and stiff cloth until it was supple enough to be used in making garments and other products.
  • I could never bring myself to pierce my supple skin with a dirty great syringe, however I don't see any reason why the crusty hippies who do should be thrown into jail.
  • Well, you should have regular pedicures and use creams and powders on your feet to keep the skin supple and prevent infection and odour.


[with object]
Make more flexible.
Example sentences
  • I was also able to concentrate on bending and suppling him laterally.
  • Instead, by slowly introducing the concepts of suppling and yielding to rein and bit pressure, even the hard mouthed horse eventually becomes an enjoyable horse to ride.



Pronunciation: /ˈsəp(ə)lē/
(also supply) adverb
Example sentences
  • Nor do I pretend that this will always generate the most effective political approach or the most supplely played tactical game.
  • This ‘France’ is, again, a construct, a supplely subjective projection born in fact and cliche, and shaped by personal and artistic need.


Pronunciation: /ˈsəpəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • So I had grown up surrounded by swarms of slender girls in leotards and neatly pinned back hair, watching in awe the students of the Senior College with their grace, suppleness and strong, lean bodies.
  • Fabrics in general had a feeling of lightness and suppleness in all fiber types, and had a seasonless look to them.
  • To her essays she brings the inventiveness, intensity, and passion of the poet; to her poetry, she brings the sharpness, suppleness, and depth of learning of her wholly original intellect.


Middle English: from Old French souple, from Latin supplex, supplic- 'submissive', from sub- 'under' + placere 'propitiate'.

  • This word, which originally meant ‘of yielding consistency’, is from Old French souple, from Latin supplex ‘submissive’

Words that rhyme with supple


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Syllabification: sup·ple

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